Mont Blanc and Mt Triglav
In July 2017, Luke and Hazel successfully submitted Mont Blanc, the highest Mountain in Europe, while mountaineering in the Alps. With them to the summit they had the honour of carrying the very first Royal Scottish Geographical Society Flag. Two years previously, together they submitted the highest peak in Slovenia, Mt Triglav.
Due North Alaska - from Pacific to Arctic via kayak and bike
Between May and July 2017, Luke and Hazel kayaked and biked over 1600 miles through one of the worlds last great wildernesses; Alaska. In this world-first expedition, starting at the Southernmost Point of the Mainland, they raced through open ocean, rainforest, mountain passes, glaciers and tundra witnessed up close the incredible array of wildlife which calls this home, including bears, wolves, muskox and caribou.
2017 London Marathon - dressed as camels...
In a nod to the Marathon des Sables which they had completed only a week prior, Hazel and Luke made the hasty decision to take on the London Marathon in camel costumes.
They would go onto get the hump at several points during the day....
Marathon des Sables
In 2017, Luke and Hazel took on 'the toughest footrace on the planet - the 156 mile (250km) multi-stage Marathon des Sables. In baking temperatures reaching 55°C, they raced through the Sahara desert carrying everything on their backs.
In one particularly gruelling stage the couple had to cover 86.2km battling steep rocky dunes, mountain passes and sleep deprivation to reach their goal.
Cape Wrath Expedition Race
This eight day 250 mile (400km) ultra-marathon expedition race took Luke and his wife, Hazel, on an incredible journey, linking ancient footpaths and remote tracks from Fort William to the furthest north-westerly point of the British Isles, Cape Wrath. The event which has already been described as ‘one of the hardest ultra races in the world’, with over 11,000m (33,000ft) of elevation – and the same again downhill – saw him run through towering mountains on one side and the crashing ocean on the other. Stunning and inspirational scenery, remote wilderness and some of the most challenging terrain possible were just some of the highlights of this adventure.
Luke was asked to write an article for the BBC on the experience of taking on this gruelling challenge, which you can read here.
Due South: Antarctica
On January 13th 2016, after skiing completely solo, unassisted and unsupported for 39 days and 8 hours, Luke reached the bottom of the world, the South Pole. He had just become the first Scot, the Youngest Brit and the second youngest in history to achieve this feat. When Luke arrived at 90° South, he had skied over 730 miles (1175km), for 40 consecutive days, whilst climbing from sea level to a height of 9,000ft (c.2800m). He had just successfully completed an expedition and a challenge that less than 20 people in history have achieved.
East Greenland International
With an international team of explorers, Luke travelled across remote and beautiful Eastern Greenland. Skiing over sea ice, on top of glaciers and through deep valleys, Luke and the team spent 15 days exploring a wild area of the world’s largest island. Beginning and ending in the small village of Kulusuk, they climbed untouched peaks amongst the rugged mountains in one of the last great wildernesses on the planet, while witnessing the spectacular Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) on a nightly basis.
Luke spent 10 days skiing solo across the Hardangervidda national park in Norway. Starting at the Polar Mecca of Finse, Luke dragged his sledge and all his equipment, completely solo, across this unspoilt wilderness. The high Arctic plateau of Eastern Norway, with its frozen lakes and committing hills, is famous for its links with the explorers of the Golden age of Polar Exploration, Amundsen and Scott both used this area as a training ground before venturing to Antarctica.
Cycling & Climbing the Three peaks
With a number of his close friends, Luke climbed the highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland, cycling the 460 miles (740km) between them. Starting in Wales and camping at the foot of Mount Snowden, they set off for a ride that would encompass a huge variety of landscapes that the UK has to offer. From rolling and character-packed hills, to bustling city centre roads, from mountainous ridges, to loch-side trails, after bagging Scafel Pike in England and heading further North, the trip finished at the top of the highest peak in the UK, Ben Nevis.